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Marvin E. Oakley

Born: Sat., Aug. 12, 1961
Died: Sat., Sep. 6, 2014

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Marvin E. Oakley, 73, of South Bend passed away on Saturday September 6th at 5:20 AM in his residence after an extended illness with his loving family at his side.

He was born on December 5, 1940 in Corydon, KY to Hester and Viola (Nelson) Oakley.

On August 12, 1961 in Shawneetown, IL he married the former Joan Trent, who survives. He has resided in the Michiana area since 1965, coming from Evansville, IN.

Marvin was a US Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam Era. After his service, he worked as a General Manager at Dietzgen Engineering Company. He retired from Bendix Corporation in South Bend and Mansville Corporation in Elkhart where he worked as a supervisor. 

Marvin is also survived by two sons; Charles M. (Patricia) Oakley of Osceola, IN and Timothy W. (Stephanie) Oakley of South Bend, five step-sisters, two step-brothers, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two sisters; Dorothy Wallace and Ida Lea Delmonico, and one brother; Henry Oakley.

Marvin loved baseball, football, and was an avid bowler and golfer. He loved all sports. He also loved jigsaw puzzles, being with his family, and he was very active with East Side Little League, where he helped coach. He was a member of the American Legion Post 303 as well.

Marv was a very caring and loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather and will be dearly missed by his wonderful and loving family. He was always there to help others in need and never gave it a second thought.

There will be no visitation at this time. A private family Memorial Service will take place at a later date. Marvin’s wishes were to be cremated and his loving family has honored those withes. Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery at a later date.

The family requests that all memorial contributions be made to East Side Little League located at P.O. Box 6112 South Bend, IN 46660.

Condolences may be expressed online through our website:  www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com

The HANLEY & Sons “Southwest Chapel” Funeral Home & Cremation Services handled arrangements and extends its deepest sympathy to the Oakley family.

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David Gardner
   Posted Thu September 11, 2014
Mr. Oakley was my Little League All-Star coach when I was 13-years old, along with Sonny. 30 years later, I still have exceptionally fond memories of both and of my time with them. Sonny was long someone that I looked up to and admired and so wanted to make proud, and Mr. Oakley was a great coach and person...to this day, I vividly recall not running hard on a pop-up one time in a game and Mr. Oakley letting me know that he was disappointed...it bothered me then a great deal to know that I had let him down (Sonny was a little less "soft" with his thoughts on the matter, but its impact was equally as strong and I was really upset about having let him down as well). I remember it though...remember it well...and never again did I not run out a pop-up, always thinking of both of them when I did...and I have shared the story numerous times with kids that I have coached, including my own son who now plays, and I like to think that I might have some of the same impact, provide some of the same fun times and lessons, and create some of the same great and fond memories that they did for me...my thoughts and prayers are with all of the family, God bless all of you at what is no doubt a difficult time, and rest in peace indeed Mr. Oakley.

Nick Zarate
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
Just want to express my condolences to the Oakley family. Growing up with Tim we were always spending the night or hanging out at each others houses. I have fond memories of Mr and Mrs Oakley home on Whitehall. I try to treat my children's friends the way that Joan and Marv treated me, as feel welcomed and part of the family. To Sonny, Timmy, Mrs Oakley and all that loved him my deepest sympathy.

Jim McNamara
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
My condolences to the entire Oakley family. Growing up in the neighborhood and spending a lot of time at the house with Timmy, I have many fond memories. I particularly enjoyed hearing Marv's hole in one story. He will be missed by all, but live on through all the great memories.

Kathy & Gary Clark
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
Joan...We are so very sorry for his passing. Thinking of you and the rest of your family. He was a man of few words to me, while I am sure my husband got the baseball talk side of him! Joan, I could always tell he was the love of your life.
We had the pleasure of knowing the Oakley's for the last 8/9 years due to our relationship with his grandson Zach and the crazy Baseball world. Many many fun weekends of baseball games and Marv and Joan traveled regardless of the weather.
He is going to be truly missed by many.

Len and Kristine Kalber
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with your entire family during this difficult time. Len has very fond memories of Marv from when he was growing up. May you all find peace in your memories of him.

CJ Oakley
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
Grandpa Marv was a very simple person, and that is undoubtably what made him such a great grandpa. I remember having the most fun doing next to nothing. Whether it would be sitting out on the front porch watching the rain come down, or bird watching during the commercials of Cubs games, Grandpa made you enjoy the little things in life. I learned so much from him during my life time, especially anything baseball related, and the memories shared together will never be forgotten. Love you Grandpa.

Mac McKay
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
I want to express my condolences to the Oakley family. I have been a best friend of CJ for longer than I can remember. I’ve had the privilege to meet Grandpa and Grandma Oakley dozens of times over the past 10 years and every time we talked my relationship with Grandma and Grandpa Oakley grew stronger and stronger. I know that I will be part of a long list of your grandchildren friend’s that will miss you but I want to reassure you that your legacy, wisdom, intelligence, “Oakley” sense of humor, and kindness will be carried on for years to come through Zach and CJ.

Rest in Peace Grandpa Oakley

The Oakley Family, if there is anything I can do during this time for you please let me know!

Joe Migas
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
I knew the Oakley Family growing up in McKinley Terrace but really got to know Mr Oakley when he took over our east side team when I was 14....he believed in everyone and got us all to play to the top of our ability (true story as it was the best year I ever had)... Thank You and prayers to Tim, Sonny, and Mrs Oakley..you guys are in all of our thoughts

Eric Grenert
   Posted Fri September 12, 2014
I grew up with Tim Oakley, playing any and all sports with him. I remember Mr. Oakley being an extremely passionate baseball coach who enabled his sons to become successful players through his teaching and involvement. My sincerest thoughts and prayers for Tim, Sonny and Mrs. Oakley in this time of loss.

Abigail Oakley
   Posted Sat September 13, 2014
My grandpa, Marvin Oakley, is without a doubt the best grandfather to ever walk this earth. He loved his family so much and especially us grandkids. He was always there offering support and advice no matter what the situation was. I can not even count the times when I was younger that he would drive three and a half hours to pick me up from my home in Michigan so that we could spend a few hours together before he had to drive another 3 and a half hours to drive me back. He would drive us to McKinley pool in the summer time and sit in the car while we swam for hours on end no matter how bad he was hurting. He was always putting others before himself. He never hesitated when my daughter wanted to watch cartoons on his big TV not matter how many times he had already watched the same cartoon over and over. She would snuggle up to him and sit on the arm of his recliner like best buddies. I am going to miss our spontaneous trips to the casino, his jokes, his love and his laugh. I wish he could still be with us and see Lacey when she starts school in the fall. Even though he is not with us here on this earth I believe he will always be watching over us and I know he will be in our hearts forever.

Mike Bacsa
   Posted Sat September 13, 2014
Sonny / Oakley Family
I am very sorry for your loss. I know it is not easy now but stay positive and time will help. We will keep yo in our prayers. If there is anything you need or anything we can do please let me know how I can help.

Paula Vergon
   Posted Mon September 15, 2014

So sorry to hear of Marv passing. I thought there would be more time to visit and say goodbye. Some of my fondest memories of Marv are on your front porch. Poor man couldn't even walk outside the door and two little girls were right there. They would talk non-stop and want him to play with them. They just loved Marv. He always showed so much caring and love for them. Not once do I remember him trying to get them to go away. If they wanted five minutes or two hours of his time he would give it to them no questions asked. I remember Marv telling Kahley she was a little Dutchman because her speech wasn't always clear, and she returned with no I'm a Vergon. I also remember his love for those blue hydrangea's. I forgot to bring one for him this year and he always loved just looking at them. My heart is with you at this time and hope you can find peace after his passing.

Paula Vergon

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